Director of athletics Greg Johnson joined the NCU community in 2015 following an eight-year tenure as an assistant director of athletics at the University of Northwestern (St. Paul, Minn.). At North Central, Johnson leads the stewardship efforts of Rams’ 16 varsity sport programs and their student-athletes, as well as directing the department’s full-time and part-time head coaches and staff. In addition to general administration of athletics department operations, Johnson focuses his time on both coach and community development.
At Northwestern, where he received both bachelor’s (communication and public relations) and master's (organizational leadership) degrees, Johnson oversaw athletics branding and marketing, sports information, and sponsorship fundraising. He concurrently served as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Sports Information Director from 2007-2013. Johnson is pursuing a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology at Grand Canyon University.
Prior to North Central and Northwestern, Johnson's professional experiences have included work at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida and the Valero Alamo Bowl and San Antonio Spurs organizations in Texas. As a full-time administrator, he enjoys venturing into the classroom as an adjunct faculty, having instructed undergraduate level courses in communication and public relations, marketing, and public speaking.
Johnson is married to Lori, a former college tennis student-athlete and coach. Together, they have three children: Carter, Chase, and Cameron. In his spare time, Greg enjoys taking in the Minnesota outdoors by playing golf, running, and riding his road bicycle.